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Timor-Leste: Flash Floods - Mar 2021

Status
Ongoing
Countries
Timor-Leste
Disaster types
Flash Flood
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From 29 March to 4 April, heavy rains across the country have caused flash floods and landslides. A total of 8 municipalities were affected, with the capital Dili and the surrounding low-lying areas the worst affected. According to the latest official figures (7 April) from the Secretariat of State for Civil Protection, a total of 2,375 households – or 9,779 people – are in the 18 official evacuation facilities in Dili. There are many more displaced – including many women and children - in informal evacuation sites across the city. To date, a total of 42 fatalities (including 13 who are still missing and presumed dead) have been recorded. (UN RC/HC Timor-Leste, 7 Apr 2021)

On 8 April, the Government of Timor-Leste declared a state of calamity in Dili for a period of 30 days and requested for international assistance to the flood response. According to the latest official figures (9 April) from the Secretariat of State for Civil Protection, a total of 2,315 households – or 13,554 people – have been temporarily displaced by the floods. The displaced are in the 40 evacuation facilities across Dili and in the communities. (UN RC/HC Timor-Leste, 9 Apr 2021)